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February 13, 2014
07:37 EDTBX, GS, KKRBiomet considers IPO, WSJ reports
Orthopedic device manufacturer Biomet, taken private in 2007 by four buyout firms, is in talks with banks about a return to public ownership, sources say, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company was acquired in 2007 for about $11.3B by Blackstone Group (BX), KKR (KKR), TPG and Goldman Sachs Group's (GS) buyout arm. Reference Link
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December 12, 2014
09:02 EDTBXKimco Realty to buy Blackstone 66.7% share stake in portfolio for $925M
Kimco Realty (KIM) announced that its subsidiary has executed a contract to acquire the remaining 66.667% interest in the 39-property Kimstone portfolio from its joint venture partner, a subsidiary of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII (BX) for a price of $925M, which includes the assumption of approximately $426.7M in mortgage debt. The company will pay approximately $512.3M to acquire BREP’s interest. Kimco will use a combination of proceeds from recently completed and pending property sales in the U.S. and Latin America as well as availability under its existing $1.75B revolving credit facility to fund this transaction which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015. Upon closing, Kimco will own 100% of the portfolio. The portfolio consists of 39 properties totaling 5.6M square feet and is approximately 97% occupied. The properties in the portfolio are concentrated in the core markets of New York, Virginia, Texas, Florida, California, and Maryland. The portfolio has a three-mile average household income level of $92,000 and an average base rent per square foot of $15.83, both of which exceed Kimco’s current portfolio averages.
08:09 EDTBX, KKRBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
December 11, 2014
18:07 EDTKKRKKR, United Water sign utility partnership with Borough of Middletown, PA
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16:44 EDTKKRKKR to sell Fotolia to Adobe for $800M
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10:17 EDTGSFINRA fines Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, others $43.5M total
FINRA announced that it has fined 10 firms a total of $43.5M for allowing their equity research analysts to solicit investment banking business and for offering favorable research coverage in connection with the 2010 planned initial public offering of Toys"R"Us. FINRA fined the following firms. Barclays Capital (BCS) - $5M; Citigroup Global Markets (C) – $ 5M; Credit Suisse Securities (CS) – $5M; Goldman, Sachs & Co. (CS) – $5M; JP Morgan Securities LLC (JPM) – $5M; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DB) – $4M; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (BAC) – $4M; Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC (MS) – $4M; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (WFC) – $4M; Needham & Company LLC – $2.5M. In addition, FINRA found that six of the 10 firms — Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Needham — had inadequate supervisory procedures related to research analyst participation in investment banking pitches. Toys"R"Us and its sponsors offered each of the 10 firms various roles in the IPO but it eventually decided not to proceed with the offering. In settling this matter, the 10 firms neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of FINRA's findings.
07:49 EDTBX, GSThe New York Times to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTBXShell starts sale process for Tongyi JV stake, WSJ reports
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) has started the sale process for 75% its stake in a Chinese oil lubricants business in a deal that could fetch up to $500M, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. Blackstone (BX) is in a "strong" position in first round bids for the Tongyi oil lubricants joint venture, the sources say. Reference Link
05:54 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 23 at lower end of index mean range
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December 10, 2014
16:24 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports 10.7% passive stake in Navios Maritime Midstream
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10:00 EDTGSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:57 EDTGSGoldman Sachs downgraded at Susquehanna
As previously reported, Susquehanna downgraded Goldman Sachs to Neutral from Positive. The firm downgraded shares based on full valuation and expectations the fall in energy prices will weigh on high yield and loan volumes into 2015, and pressure the debt portion of investing and lending in the secondary markets. Price target lowered to $200 from $218.
06:32 EDTGSGoldman Sachs downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
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December 9, 2014
14:57 EDTGSFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTGSFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
07:45 EDTBXGoldman to hold a conference
U.S. Financial Services Conference is being held in New York on December 9-10.
December 8, 2014
11:55 EDTGSGoldman Sachs ordered to pay $7.6M in wrongful discharge claim
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08:05 EDTBXHudson Pacific to acquire EOP portfolio from Blackstone for $3.5B
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07:24 EDTBXBlackstone to sell $3.5B of California properties to Hudson Pacific, WSJ says
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06:35 EDTGSValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:15 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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